Not currently on display at the V&A

Souvenir cutout of Darrell Fancourt in the title role of The Mikado

Souvenir
1922 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker

Souvenir figures such as this became popular in the 1920s, apparently after a set representing dancers with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Company were issued by Cyril Beaumont. He had the idea in about 1914 to produce them from artwork representing the dancers in costume, hoping they would: 'supply the demand for something between a photograph and a statuette'. A 1928 catalogue of Beaumont's publications notes: 'The figures, which are of wood, average 8¾ inches high, and are hand-coloured with special care to ensure accuracy of costume. The black stands on which the figures are mounted are easily removable to afford facility in packing. The figures are priced at 7s.6d. net.'

This figure of Darrell Fancourt is one of several representing singers in roles they played with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company productions in its 1921 to 1922 season at London's Princes Theatre. They were reproduced from photographs and would have been issued in 1922 by the Artograph Technical and Photographic Company, located at 16, Grape Street, New Oxford Street, behind the Princes Theatre.

Darrell Fancourt, born Darrell Louis Fancourt Leverson, trained at London's Royal Academy of Music and after a short career as a concert singer joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in May 1920, going on for Frederick Hobbs as Mountararat in Iolanthe, Arac in Princess Ida and the title role of The Mikado. When Hobbs left in June 1920 Fancourt played those roles as well as Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Colonel Calverley in Patience, Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Ruddigore and Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard. He continued to play most of the principal bass-baritone roles for the company for 33 years, until 1953, the year he died and when he was succeeded by Donald Adams.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Souvenirs
  • Figures
  • Cutout
  • Stands
  • Bases
TitleSouvenir cutout of Darrell Fancourt in the title role of The Mikado (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Photographic print on plywood
Brief description
Souvenir plywood cutout figure with wooden stand of Darrell Fancourt (1886-1953) in the title role of The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan with the D'Oyly Carte Company during their season at the Princes Theatre London, 3rd October 1921 to 8th April 1922. Produced by the Artograph Company, 1922.
Physical description
S.1073:1-2021
Plywood cutout figure of Darrell Fancourt in the title role of The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan

S.1073:2-2021
Wooden base for the figure
Credit line
The Bequest of Peter Parker
Object history
This cutout figure, one of thirteen similar items in this bequest, was inherited by Peter Parker along with a quantity of other objects related to the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, from his father Stanley H. Parker (d.1960). Stanley Parker was employed by the Savoy Hotel as a junior clerk in May 1909, straight from school. From that job, on the death of Helen D'Oyly Carte in 1913, he was appointed by Rupert D'Oyly Carte to understudy George A. Richardson who managed the theatre from November 1911 to February 1915. In 1913 Stanley H. Parker became Rupert and (later) Bridget D'Oyly Carte's private secretary, also secretary of both the Savoy Theatre Ltd., and the Opera Company. He worked for the company for 51 years, until his death in 1960.

This was subsequently part of Peter Parker's bequest to the V&A.
Association
Summary
Souvenir figures such as this became popular in the 1920s, apparently after a set representing dancers with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Company were issued by Cyril Beaumont. He had the idea in about 1914 to produce them from artwork representing the dancers in costume, hoping they would: 'supply the demand for something between a photograph and a statuette'. A 1928 catalogue of Beaumont's publications notes: 'The figures, which are of wood, average 8¾ inches high, and are hand-coloured with special care to ensure accuracy of costume. The black stands on which the figures are mounted are easily removable to afford facility in packing. The figures are priced at 7s.6d. net.'

This figure of Darrell Fancourt is one of several representing singers in roles they played with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company productions in its 1921 to 1922 season at London's Princes Theatre. They were reproduced from photographs and would have been issued in 1922 by the Artograph Technical and Photographic Company, located at 16, Grape Street, New Oxford Street, behind the Princes Theatre.

Darrell Fancourt, born Darrell Louis Fancourt Leverson, trained at London's Royal Academy of Music and after a short career as a concert singer joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in May 1920, going on for Frederick Hobbs as Mountararat in Iolanthe, Arac in Princess Ida and the title role of The Mikado. When Hobbs left in June 1920 Fancourt played those roles as well as Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Colonel Calverley in Patience, Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Ruddigore and Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard. He continued to play most of the principal bass-baritone roles for the company for 33 years, until 1953, the year he died and when he was succeeded by Donald Adams.
Associated objects
Collection
Accession number
S.1073:1 to 2-2012

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest feedback

Record createdSeptember 6, 2021
Record URL
Download as: JSONIIIF Manifest